The Patna leg of Pro Kabaddi 2019 ended on a positive note for the Patna Pirates as the home team clinched their first home leg win, a 41-20 victory against the U.P. Yoddha and finished their home leg campaign on a high.
The Pirates first lost 21-34 to the Jaipur Pink Panthers on the opening day of their home leg before a Pawan Sehrawat masterclass, a 29-point effort helped the Bengaluru Bulls register a thrilling 43-42 win over the Bengal Warriors.
On the second day, the Tamil Thalaivas earned a comfortable 35-28 win over the Haryana Steelers before the Pirates succumbed to their second loss, by a 20-41 margin against the Puneri Paltan.
The Pink Panthers failed to keep up their winning momentum as they came up short against Dabang Delhi by a 35-24 margin before the Puneri Paltan held their nerve in tense situations to claim their second win of PKL 7, a 33-31 victory against the Gujarat Fortune Giants.
A nail-biting 28-28 tie between the U.P. Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas laid a platform for an exciting contest between the Pirates and the Steelers, but the former failed to show up as Dharmaraj Cheralathan's side registered a fine 35-26 win.
On the penultimate day of the Patna leg, the Bulls yet again rode on a Pawan Sehrawat special as they cruised to a 47-26 win against the Telugu Titans while the Bengal Warriors held on to win 32-30 against U Mumba.
In what was the Pirates' final home leg game, the hosts finally rose to the occasion and gave their fans something to cheer about, as they completed a 41-20 demolition of U.P. Yoddha.
While Pardeep Narwal and Pawan Sehrawat continued their fine run, here is the list of the top 5 raiders from the Patna leg.
#5 Vikas Kandola - Haryana Steelers)
Prior to the return of ace raider Vikas Kandola from injury, the Haryana Steelers' raiding unit looked slightly shaky, but once Kandola was back in the frame, the youngster led the way for his side form the raiding scheme of things.
Playing his first game as part of PKL 7, Kandola assumed the raiding duties against the Thalaivas and picked up 7 raid points from 15 raids. Although the Steelers lost that game, Kandola's form was a major boost for the side.
In the next game, against the hosts, Kandola was his aggressive best as he kept picking up points and also notched up his maiden Super 10 of the season that led the Steelers to a 35-26 win.